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Expresso do Oriente

Um blogue para quem se sente des-orient-ado

Updated: 2017-08-11T16:25:53.562+01:00


Os Qualia e as Experiências Químicas


(1) "Here ethanol (ethyl alcohol) has been mixed with water (left tube) and with carbon tetrachloride (right tube). Note that ethanol mixes with both. Half of each ethanol molecule contains a polar C-O-H group and the other half contains essentially nonpolar C-H bonds. That gives ethanol molecules both polar and nonpolar characteristics."

(2) "Acetone is another molecular material with both polar and nonpolar characteristics. Here acetone has been added to water (left tube) and carbon tetrachloride (right tube). As you can see, it has mixed with both the polar water molecules and with the nonpolar carbontetrachloride molecules."

Happy Diwali


God's eye


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Melancholia iv


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Melancholia iii


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Le cru et le cuit

Melancholia ii




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Wassily Kandinsky - Sergei Rachmaninov


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Koko: talking gorilla


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Hamlet - Kenneth Branagh (1996)

Crossing the Red Sea


"like the painting of the artist who was to paint a picture of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. To this end, he painted the whole wall red, explaining that the Israelites had already crossed over, and that the Egyptians were drowned." (Kierkegaard. Diapsalmata in Enten-Eller. I:28; 1:14; III.1.pp.27-28).



Walk on a mirror... in Bolivia (Uyuni)



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Holy Trinity Church in Cookham.
The locus of "resurrection".

Adam Hardy: emanating temples in India


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Have you seen me?


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The True Size of Africa


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Shona's Art


All Daughters of Eve


Seven Daughters of Eve (first picture)All Daughters of Eve (second picture)Bryan Sykes's thesisClick the images to enlarge them.You can find a great site that explains all these questions.Quoting:"Clan mothersIt is an entirely logical, yet still awe-inspiring fact, that we are all related to each other through our mothers. Over the past ten years, research by Professor Bryan Sykes at Oxford University has identified just 36 women, who lived thousands of years ago, from whom almost everyone on Earth is directly descended through the maternal line. Professor Sykes has named these women and determined upon which continent they lived. The so-called "Seven Daughters of Eve" subgroup represents the seven-clan mothers from whom almost all native Europeans are descended.There was actually nothing remarkable about any of these clan mothers when they were alive. We know that each one of them must have survived long enough to have children and that each had at least two daughters, starting off lines of descent that reach right down to all of us living today. These were real people, real women who brought up families, but who lived in very different circumstances to those that we enjoy today. These really were our true ancestors.The 36 clusters (or clans) that have so far been identified vary in frequency across locations, but there is no specific association between genetic clans and tribal structures. This is a reflection of the great antiquity of our genetic roots, which predate our modem notions of race, tribe or other ethnic classification system by more than a hundred thousand years.Africa lays claim to 13 of the maternal clans. Although these are easily the most ancient clans in the world, a reflection of Africa's status as the cradle of humankind, it is still possible to construct the genetic relationship between them. By doing this it is possible to show there is one maternal ancestor for all of Africa, and therefore for the rest of the world. She is referred to as 'Mitochondrial Eve', and is shown on your certificate.Obviously, she would not have been the only woman alive at the time, but it is only her maternal lineage that has survived unbroken to the present day. She in turn would have had an ancestral mother, and this line reaches back millions of years to the very beginning of our species, Homo sapiens.Although modem humans had their origins in Africa, only the descendants of one of these clans, Lara, have so far been found in the peoples of the rest of the world. Lara probably lived originally in what we now know as Ethiopia.The vast majority of native Europeans are descendants of 12 clans, which includes the Seven Daughters of Eve. Of these dozen clans, descendants of Helena make up over 45% of the European population.The Seven Daughters of EveUrsula (Latin for she-bear)Ursula lived about 45,000 years ago in what is now northern Greece. She was among the first arrivals of a new, modern human to set foot in Europe. She was slender and graceful, in marked contrast to the thickset Neanderthals with whom she and her clan shared the land for another 20,000 years. Her kind brought with them a new and more sophisticated type of stone tool with which to hunt and butcher the abundant game, animals that soon appeared on the walls of limestone caves as the first expression of human art. They spread right across Europe, west across France and north as far as the British Isles.As the climate deteriorated 25,000 years ago, the clan began its long migration south; eventually reaching Spain and [...]

Morning and Evening


Phosphorus and Hesperus - Evelyn De Morgan

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Gita Govinda


Click to enlarge the picture. Scene from Gitagovinda (Jayadeva, XIIth)